Canadian Health Accreditation Model Celebrated in Italy

    OTTAWA, Dec. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - The international division of the Canadian
Council on Health Services Accreditation (CCHSA) is celebrating a $2 million
agreement with the Agenzia Regionale Socio Sanitaria del Veneto (ARSS) today
in Treviso, Italy. CCHSA has been commissioned to develop and implement an
accreditation "program of excellence" for the Veneto Region in northern Italy.
The milestone was commemorated with the participation of the Ministry of
Health and representatives from the International Society for Quality in
Health Care (ISQua).
    This agreement is the most recent collaboration between CCHSA
International and the region, a partnership which began five years ago with
the development of accreditation services for the Oderzo and Villorba
districts and the Ca' Foncello Hospital in Treviso, and the San Martino
Hospital in Belluno. "Our work with CCHSA is absolutely essential to our goal
of achieving excellence in health care, and is the latest in a number of
collaborative projects we have undertaken with CCHSA in the region. CCHSA has
a proven track record in guiding health services to achieve high quality care
through standards of excellence which are recognized internationally," said
Dr. F. Antonio Compostella, Director of the Agenzia Regionale Socio Sanitaria
del Veneto (ARSS).
    CCHSA International will work with local project partners, Sistemi
Organizzazione e Gestione Servizi Sociali Sanitaria (SOGESS) and Associazione
Italiana per il Miglioramento della Qualità e per l'Accreditamento (AMIQA), in
this new initiative which will see the development of a customized
accreditation program that promotes excellence and quality in health services
in five local health systems across the Veneto region: Alto Vicentino, Pieve
di Soligo, Dolo e Mirano, Verona, and Rovigo. The program will cover primary,
acute, long-term and home care, as well as public health, mental health and
substance abuse.
    "This most recent project is another example of how countries worldwide
are increasingly recognizing the value of accreditation for assessing and
improving the quality of their health services. We are very excited to be
working with our partners in Italy," said Wendy Nicklin, President and CEO,
Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation. Italy is one of many
countries throughout the world - including France, Ireland, Serbia, Saudi
Arabia, and Brazil among others - that have turned to CCHSA's Canadian
accreditation model for guidance and expertise.

    CCHSA ( is a non-for-profit, independent organization
that provides national and international health and social service
organizations with a voluntary, external peer review to assess the quality of
their services based on standards of excellence. CCHSA's programs and guidance
have been helping organizations strive for excellence for close to 50 years.

For further information:

For further information: Italy: Cinzia Bon, ARSS, Agenzia Regionale
Socio Sanitaria del Veneto (ARSS),; Canada: Liane
Craig, Director of Strategic Communications, Canadian Council on Health
Services Accreditation CCHSA, (613) 738-3800 ext. 301,

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